A defence of church-government, exercised in presbyteriall, classicall, & synodall assemblies, according to the practise of the reformed churches : touching I. the power of a particular eldership against those that plead for a meere popular government, specially Mr Ainsvvorth in his Animadversion to Mr Clyft, &c. II. the authority of classes and synods, against the patrons of independencie, answering in this poynt Mr Davenport his Apologeticall reply, &c. and Mr Canne his Churches plea ...
Running title: The power of classes and synods
Publisher London : Printed by H.A. for Thomas Vnderhill ...
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Digitizing sponsor Princeton Theological Seminary Library
Book contributor Princeton Theological Seminary Library
Collection Princeton; americana
Notes Book contains tight margins and some text that runs into the spine of the book.
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"An humble advertisement to the high court of Parliament" (verso of 12th prelim. leaf) signed: Thomas Paget
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July 21, 2015
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Great to have this important book available. John Paget was a Puritan minister who served the exiled and expatriate English Reformed community in Amsterdam in the early 17th century. This defence of the Presbyterian polity was published posthumously and prefaced by his brother Thomas (though possibly prepared for publication by his widow, Bridget) as a means of concentrating and stimulating discussion in the Long Parliament and formally presented to the MPs. As such, it is off enormous historical importance: crucial for anyone interested in Puritanism, Dissent, the English Civil War and how they are all connected. A very rare item, I was amazed and pleased to find it available for free at Internet Archive.